By: Jim Amato
Clinton Woods retained his IBF light heavyweight title and gained sweet revenge with a controversial decision over Glencoffe Johnson. Very close match with the scoring as 115-112 and 116-112 for Woods. Johnson received one vote at 115-113.
Is Woods the best light heavyweight in the world ? Well he beat Johnson who split a pair of fights with Antonio Tarver. Bernard Hopkins beat Tarver but has ” retired “. Tarver and Johnson have both knocked out Roy Jones Jr. Please don’t forget that Woods was badly outclassed by Jones in a 2002 title bout.
While Jones is still around and is a bankable commodity, I think Woods should take him on. This would give him the opportunity to avenge his loss to Jones and solidify his claim as # 1 at 175.
No doubt that Woods is a much better fighter then the Woods Jones beat in 2002. Wins over Johnson and Julio Gonzalez can verify that. Also there is the obvious decline in Roy’s skills over the last few years. This makes Woods-Jones II an intriguing match. It would also give Roy a chance to return to the top against a foe he has already soundly defeated.
There has been talk of a Woods-Calzaghe match up. That would be a huge fight over seas but there may be some serious $$$ offered to Woods to meet Jones. As a matter of pride I would think Woods would want to erase that defeat from his past and Roy may be ready to be taken.